STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Oktibbeha County supervisors have revealed the two entities who have submitted bids to take over OCH Regional Medical Center if the county decides to sell it.
Baptist Memorial Health Care and North Mississippi Health Services are the two who submitted bids. Baptist operates hospitals in Columbus, New Albany and Booneville. NMHS has hospitals in multiple locations as well, including Tupelo and West Point.
Supervisors were criticized for not revealing the bidders for the hospital before this point. County officials said in a news release they were prohibited by state law from revealing that. It's not clear how supervisors arrived at disclosing the bidders now without violating any laws.
Voters will decide November 7 in a countywide referendum if they are for or against a sale of the hospital. Supervisors add that approval of selling the hospital in that referendum does not mean they will accept either of the bids submitted.